5. Raimel Tapia
Raimel Tapia remains the Rockies’ best outfield prospect who has yet to log any big league innings (that phrase is key). The 22-year-old Tapia was promoted with teammate German Marquez to Triple-A recently and will be making his Albuquerque debut this week. Tapia is perhaps the most scrutinized prospect in the Rockies farm system.
Tapia features an unorthodox batting stance that covers almost the entire batters box and features a pronounced crouch when he has two strikes on him. A lot of scouts hate the stance and question that he’ll produce, but one fact remains. The dude rakes. In six seasons in the minors, Tapia has posted a .316 average and a very impressive OPS of .813. As for 2016, Tapia played 104 games at Double-A Hartford and posted a .323 average with only 49 strikeouts. Tapia has flashes of some decent power, but inconsistently.
Defensively, Tapia is speedy and has the arm to play any outfield spot, but Tapia’s route running is skeptical and will likely restrict him to a corner outfield spot in the majors. MLB Pipeline ranks Tapia as the No. 84 prospect in all of baseball.
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